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Bauchi

The Igbo community in Bauchi on Monday inaugurated an 11-member executive officers to run the affairs of the association.

   The  executive members were inaugurated following an election on Sunday.

The new officials include, Mr Hitler Umesiri as President-General while Mr Di Nkwacha and Mr Chukuta Chidi would serve as vice president and secretary, respectively.

In his remarks, Umesiri said the newly-elected officers would work towards promoting unity and project positive image of Igbo community in the state.

 

Benue

The General Manager, Benue Environmental Sanitation Agency, Mr Akpa Ediga, has warned Makurdi residents against refuse dumping into drains.

   Ediga told newsmen on Tuesday in Makurdi that the act of dumping refuse into water canals caused flooding, especially whenever it rained.

Ediga said that the agency was not resting on its oars in clearing the drains but appealed to residents to support the efforts toward ensuring a clean and safe environment for all.

He said that such refuse heaps were responsible for flooding and traffic congestion during the rainy season.

 

Borno

One person was killed after gunmen attacked Benisheikh police station, near Maiduguri, on Sunday night, the police said in a statement on Monday.

The Commissioner of Police in Borno, Alhaji Bala Hassan, said in the statement that the gunmen launched an attack at the station around 7p.m but were repelled by policemen on duty.

“When the situation became tense, a reinforcement was sought from the crack unit close by. The attackers were repelled but they used a rocket launcher to attack the building, which destroyed part of the structure,” Hassan said.

He said the attackers also hit an armoured car with the launcher destroying the windscreen.

 

FCT

A cross section of indigenes of Galadimawa village in Abuja have alleged plans by a private property developer, Mesotho Nigeria Ltd., to eject them.

the leader of the Concerned Indigenes in Galadimawa, Mr Solomon Donaye,  made this known in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said that the company and the village head, Chief Tanko Zhnimko, had approached some of them to come for compensation.

“We have refused to be compensated owing to the fact the government has agreed to properly resettle and compensate us.’’

 

Ekiti

A Non-Governmental Organisation in Ekiti, Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE), has expressed concern over the neglect of the rural areas in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The body said that the rural dwellers should have been considered in the litany of sensitisation programmes being organised by government and private bodies on preventive measures that could curb the spread of the dreaded scourge.

The coordinator of the body, Mr Oluwafemi Julius, made the statement in Imesi-Ekiti while distributing relief materials to some people living with HIV/AIDS.

 

Gombe

Some residents of Dule-Falam community in Kwami Local Government Area of Gombe State have appealed to the state government to check the indiscriminate packing of sand in the area for construction purpose.

Some farmers, who spoke to newsmen in Gombe, said that the practice by truck drivers had led to serious erosion and the washing away of their farms.

One of the respondents, Alhaji Sale Tinka, said that erosion had disrupted his plan to develop the area into a farm house to supply cow milk and other farm produce.

Tinka also said that some cows had died and that several complaints to the government on the matter had not yielded any good result.

 

Kadunaa

Workers of tertiary institutions in Kaduna State on Monday suspended their two-week-old strike.

  The Chairman of the Joint Union of Tertiary Institutions, Mr Abashiya Aniggo,  directed his colleagues to resume work immediately, saying the suspension followed the intervention of the state House of Assembly and other stakeholders.

Aniggo commended the legislature, the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, and other patriotic citizens for their mediation.

The Majority Leader of the House and chairman of the adhoc mediation committee, Mr David Umar, commended the leadership and members of the union for their respect, maturity and understanding in suspending the action.

 

Kano

Two persons, a man and a woman, suspected to be lovers, were found dead inside a car in the premises of the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano.

     The Public Relations Officer of the Hospital, Alhaji Aminu Inuwa, told newsmen in Kano on Tuesday that the man, Sani Aliyu and the woman, Nadiya Abdu were found dead in the hospital’s premises.

He said they were discovered at about 6.30 p.m. on Monday.

Inuwa said that the car in which they died was parked around the Power House parking lot of the hospital and that they were found after their corpses had started decomposing.

 

Kwara

The Kwara Government has spent N1 billion on water reticulation of Ilorin metropolis to end the shortage of water supply.

The Commissioner for Water Resources, Alhaji Idris Abubakar,  said this on Monday at an inter-ministerial briefing on the activities of his ministry in the past one year.

According to him, pipe laying network of Ilorin metropolis is near completion while other phases of the water reticulation will be completed by the contractor to ease water problem in the state.

He also said that all water works in the state had been rehabilitated, while 40 boreholes had been sunk in the three senatorial districts to meet the government agenda of water provision to the people.

 

Lagos

Two women, suspected to be drug traffickers, have been arrested in Lagos by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

    The agency’s spokesman, Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju, disclosed this in a statement, in Lagos on Tuesday.

The statement said that the suspects, who are between ages 24 years and 25 years, were arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

It said that one of the suspects, who claimed to be a hair stylist, was caught with one kilogramme of methamphetamine hidden in her inner wear.

 

Nasarawa

Nasarawa State Teachers’ Service Commission has ter-minated the appointment of three secondary school teachers in the state over financial improprieties.

   This is contained in a statement issued by the chairman of the commission, Alhaji Abubakar Kana on Monday in Lafia.

The statement said the teachers were found to be collecting salaries from the state ministry of education as well as various local governments.

According to the statement, the affected teachers are Alaku Obile, from Government Secondary School, Tudun Wada, Lafia, found to be collecting salary from the ministry and Doma Local Government, and Musa Danladi of Government Resettlement Secondary School Ukya-Toto.

 

Ondo

Market women in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State have appealed to the state government to intensify efforts at developing the rural communities in the state.

The Leader of Ilaje Market Women, Mrs Bamijoko Akinyemi, said  in Igbokoda on Tuesday that more development was needed in rural areas to reduce rural-urban drift.

She said that some communities in the state were yet to feel the impact of the ‘caring heart’ of Gov. Olusegun Mimiko.

“For us in Ilaje, our case is different as we have felt his impact through the “Ise Takun Takun” as he has built the best among the standard markets for us. “We are proud to say that we have benefitted immensely from the administration of Dr. Olusegun Mimiko,’’ she said.

 

Ogun

The Ogun Government on Monday directed the proprietors of illegal schools to register with the state Ministry of Education, Science and Technology on or before July 31.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Education, Mr Segun Odubela in Abeokuta.

Odubela said the State Government would seal their premises if the school owners failed to comply with the directive.

He noted that a recent survey revealed that no fewer than 1000 schools had been operating illegally in the state.

 

Oyo

The Oyo State Government says the ban placed on the activities of the NURTW in the state is still in force.

The State Commissioner for Information, Mr Bosun Oladele,said this on Monday while briefing newsmen at the end of the weekly State Executive Council meeting in Ibadan.

Oladele said that anything done in the name of the union in any of the garages in the state was illegal.

This, he said, was because the white paper on the report submitted by the panel which investigated the crisis in the union had not been released.

The commissioner warned those parading themselves as the new executive members of the union to desist from doing so, adding that government would deal decisively with anyone found to be threatening the existing peaceful atmosphere in the state.

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FG Vows To Check Modern Day Slavery

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The Federal Government says it plans to check modern day slavery through awareness creation activities on the effects of illegal immigration, child labour, sexual abuse and other vices.
Director, International Cultural Relations, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs Memunat Idu-Lah, stated this in an interview with The Tide source in Abuja yesterday.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), designated August 23 each year as the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, and Nigeria is preparing to join other member countries to commemorate the day.
Idu-Lah said the ministry in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders would use the celebration to showcase the experience of victims of trafficking, to educate Nigerians on the tricks of potential traffickers.
She said: “We are looking at the effect of this slave trade on Africans and the effects of what we termed as modern day slavery.
“We have learnt in history about how people are enslaved; now we can see how people are being trafficked.
“There is illegal immigration where people are moving to locations they are not sure of their means of livelihood.  Many of them die in transit, all those vices, child labour, sexual abuse, all sorts of things that are going on.
“We want to see how we can use this celebration to also reach out to people to create awareness, let them know that these things people are doing are another forms of slavery.
“And it means we are not yet out of slavery, as of those of us who went to school and study history, we learnt of Trans-Atlantic slave trade.
“We should be able to look at what is happening now and correct these modern day slavery.”
According to her, this is because generations to come will sit down and read what we did during our own time.
“It will be bad if we as educated as we are, cannot check this modern day slavery that is going on.
“One of the ways of checking it is through awareness because a lot of people don’t even know when they are being lured to be trafficked, they don’t know.
“Through this celebration, we can reach out; we might be having people who have experienced it,
“They will come out to tell people their experiences and alert people on the kind of languages traffickers use, how they lure them.
“People will get to know that when somebody comes and says those kinds of things they will know that this is a possible trafficker,” Idu-Lah said.

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Imo Police Resist Armed Bandits’ Attack

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The Operation Restore Peace team of the Imo State Police Command has repelled armed bandits attack at Njaba town in the Njaba Local Government Area of the state.
The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abutu Yaro disclosed this in a statement issued by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, CSP Michael Abatham at the weekend.
According to him, the convoy of bandits was moving towards Njaba town to launch an attack but were intercepted by Operation Restore Peace team of the Nigeria Police , Imo State Command . 
The Commissioner explained that during a fire fight which ensured immediately, one of their operational vehicles was de-mobilised and two of them neutralised while the remaining ones scampered into the bush.
According to the Commissioner, one Ak 47 rifle was recovered with ten rounds of live ammunition and a locally made double barrel pistol with two expended cartridges.
The Police boss stated that the team detonated an Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) into the parking lots of a nearby Njaba Police Station causing minimal damage. 
 Mr. Yaro said that cordon and pursuant exercise is on going  in the area while advising members of the public residing in the area not to panic as the ongoing Police clearance operation is designed to root out violent criminals in that axis.
He appealed to them to avail Police information of  persons seen treating  bullet wounds or hiding within the community.

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NDLEA Intercepts 35 Wraps Of Cocaine, Drugs En Route Italy, Turkey

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), says it has recovered 35 wraps of cocaine from a lady passenger at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos.
NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement made available to The Tide source yesterday in Abuja.
Babafemi said that the suspect, Okafor Ebere Edith was arrested on July 31, during the outward clearance of passengers on Air Cotevoire bound to Monrovia Liberia.
He said the suspect, who tucked pellet of cocaine in her underwear to beat security checks at the airport, was however picked up for search.
This, he said, included questioning during which the wraps of the illicit drug were found on her.
“During preliminary interview, the suspect claimed that the desire to make money pushed her into drug trafficking,” he said.
Babafemi said the operatives arrested another suspect, Echendu Jerry Maduakolam, an intending male passenger going to Istanbul, at Gate A Departure hall of the MMIA on July 27.
He said the suspect was arrested during outward clearance of Egypt Airline bound to Turkey in possession of 78grams of Cannabis mixed with dried bitter leaf.
“On the same day another intending male passenger, Egbon Osarodion going to Milan, Italy was arrested at the airport’s Gate A Departure hall.
“This was also during outward clearance of passengers on Egypt Airlines with different quantities of 225mg Tramadol and Rohypnol concealed in foil papers wrapped in a polyethylene bag,” he said.
Babafemi disclosed further that NDLEA operatives, Kontagora Area Command, Niger State, raided a warehouse at Mailefe village in Kontagora Local Government Area of the state.
The spokesman said the operation was carried out on July 29, at a warehouse where suspected drug supplies for bandits operating in parts of the state were stored.

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